Thread Colors

We generally use colorfast polyester embroidery thread for our custom embroidery. (Some of our lace uses rayon thread.) We offer an extensive selection of colors so you can pick your favorite colors, match your wardrobe or home decor, cheer on your local sports team, or reflect your wedding colors.

60 Thread Colors:
Neutrals: Black, Charcoal, Grey, Silver grey, White
Browns: Almond, Brass, Brown, Chocolate, Date, Ivory, Tan, Taupe
Yellows: Bright yellow, Gold, Wheat, Yellow
Oranges: Coneflower, Flame, Neon Orange, Orange, Peach, Rust
Reds: Brick, Burgundy, Red
Pinks: Fuchsia, Rose, Pink, Melon, Salmon, Tropical Pink
Purples: Eggplant, Grape, Hyacinth, Iris, Lavender, Plum, Purple
Blues: Aqua, Blue, Bluebell, Electric blue, Navy, Royal, Sky, Storm, Teal, Tropical blue
Greens: Bright lime, Chartreuse, Grass, Holly, Moss, Olive, Sage, Sea green, Shamrock, Split pea, Spring green

Color Combinations

Not sure of which colors to use? Here are some ideas…

Classic Black & White

You can’t go wrong with classic black and white. It’s very visible from a distance and goes with any other color you might ever want to pair with it.

Earthy Tones

Shades of brown and colors with hints of brown in them go well together to create a natural, earthy look.

  • Brick
  • Burgundy
  • Eggplant
  • Moss
  • Olive
  • Rose
  • Rust
  • Split Pea
  • Storm
  • Wheat


Just pick a light version and a dark version from the same color group. If you are using three colors, pick a light medium and dark. The greater the contrast, the more it will show up from a distance. For example:

  • Lavender & Purple
  • Brown & Chocolate
  • Silver & Charcoal
  • Spring Green & Shamrock
  • Bluebell & Blue or Royal

One Color Pop

To really make a color pop out, pair that one color with black & white. Intense shades of color work better than pastels.

Opposites Attract

Colors that are on opposite sides of the color wheel pair well together. Opposite colors that also share another characteristic (say, bright or muted) are particularly good matches.

  • a shade of orange with blue
  • a shade of green with a shade of pink or red
  • a shade of purple a with a shade of yellow

Rust initials on a navy blue golf towel works because rust is a really dark, muted shade of orange while navy is a muted, dark shade of blue.

Soft Pastels

Pastels are often associated with spring and nursery decor. They look good on fair complexions. You can pair them with white for a soft and airy look. Alternatively, you can match them with black for high contrast with a bit of color. Pastels also combine well with each other.

  • Aqua
  • Bluebell
  • Lavender
  • Peach
  • Pink
  • Spring Green
  • Yellow

Subtle Tone On Tone

One of the best features of embroidery is that the thread is a little glossy. This lets the embroidery show up even when you use the same color thread. Tone on tone embroidery creates texture and convey a sense of luxury. (Think of wedding dresses, which use white embroidery on a white fabric.) Men’s garments are often embroidered using tone-on-tone effects because it is more subtle.

Tone-on-tone is good for where you want a subtle look and where you will be able to admire the item up close. Any color can be used for a tone-on-tone look, so long as the embroidery color is relatively close to the fabric.

You might want to consider this look for sachets, slippers, polos, and handkerchiefs.

Intensely Bright Colors

Although it is hard to see on a monitor, some of our colors are so bright and strong you might even think of neon or fluorescent. They evoke the tropics if paired with each other. Against a neutral fabric (such as black, white, and grey), they command attention without being overwhelming.

  • Bright Lime
  • Chartreuse
  • Electric Blue
  • Fuchsia
  • Bright Yellow
  • Neon Orange
  • Tropical Blue
  • Tropical Pink